- Title: England fans gear up for Croatia clash, show relief after Eriksen scare
- Date: 13th June 2021
- Summary: LONDON, ENGLAND, UNITED KINGDOM (JUNE 13, 2021) (REUTERS) VARIOUS OF WEMBLEY STADIUM (SOUNDBITE) (English) ENGLAND FAN, JEROME JOSY, SAYING: (ABOUT CHRISTIAN ERIKSEN COLLAPSE DURING DENMARK-FINLAND CLASH) "It was unbelievable, I cannot believe they asked the players to play it. I thought the camerawork was a disgrace. I'm so happy and I genuinely cried when you saw the photos of him coming out with his hand up. Yes, it was it was awful because you couldn't stop watching it either because they kept showing it. Yes, shocking. I'm so glad he is OK." WEMBLEY STADIUM (SOUNDBITE) (English) ENGLAND FAN, ADAM HONEYWELLS, SAYING: (ABOUT CHRISTIAN ERIKSEN COLLAPSE DURING DENMARK-FINLAND CLASH) "Speechless, really just scary. One of the fittest blokes in the world. Happens so quick you never expect it. It is just shocking, so speechless but all the best for Eriksen, all the best for Eriksen." ENGLAND FANS HOLDING ENGLAND FLAG CROATIA FAN HOLDING SCARF AND SINGING (SOUNDBITE) (English) CROATIA FAN, DUGE SKERE, SAYING: "I am so happy because I like football, I used to play football and especially in England. It is a home made of football. I feel so blessed I came here. I love England as well because you guys have the best league." ENGLAND FANS QUEUING AT BAR ENGLAND MERCHANDISE STALL (SOUNDBITE) (English) ENGLAND FAN, HAYLEY CROSS, SAYING: "Fingers crossed, 3-0, England. England, 3-0 all Harry Kane!" (SOUNDBITE) (English) ENGLAND FAN, STUART GRAHAM, SAYING: "Without a doubt, Mr Kane he will get the goals, but I don't think the team he (England coach Gareth Southgate) is going to put out is the right one." (SOUNDBITE) (English) JOURNALIST ASKS "WHY NOT?" (SOUNDBITE) (English) ENGLAND FAN, STUART GRAHAM, SAYING: "I think (Jack) Grealish and (Phil) Foden should be starting but it is not going to happen, is it? (Raheem) Sterling is the boy he is going to play but it's the wrong move." ENGLAND FANS HOLDING FLAG WIDE OF FANS WALKING TOWARDS STADIUM CROATIA FANS (SOUNDBITE) (English) ENGLAND FAN, OLI MITCHELL, SAYING: "1-0, John Stones header. England will get better as the tournament goes on, I think. We will start slowly today, get into our rhythm, and go on to win it, so 1-0, John Stones." ENGLAND FANS CHEERING BOY WITH ENGLAND FLAG CHEERING
- Embargoed: 27th June 2021 12:09
- Keywords: Christian Eriksen Croatia Denmark Finland England Euro 2020 European Championship collapse fans supporters
- Location: LONDON, ENGLAND, UNITED KINGDOM
- City: LONDON, ENGLAND, UNITED KINGDOM
- Country: United Kingdom
- Topics: Europe,Soccer,Sport
- Reuters ID: LVA001EH8IDDR
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: England fans started to gather around Wembley stadium on Sunday (June 13), preparing for their team's Group D opening game against Croatia.
The two sides know each other quite well, having met in three previous UEFA European Championship fixtures.
A young girl was confident England would beat Croatia 3-0, hoping for Harry Kane to score all of them.
An elderly man was skeptical though, and not sure England coach Gareth Southgate's line-up would be the best one.
Asked about Saturday's (June 12) scare in Copenhagen, when Denmark midfielder Christian Eriksen was rushed to hospital after collapsing during his side's opening match with Finland, England fans said the scene had been shocking.
"It was unbelievable," Jerome Josy told Reuters.
"I'm so happy and I genuinely cried when you saw the photos of him coming out with his hand up," he added.
"Speechless, really just scary. One of the fittest blokes in the world. Happens so quick you never expect it," said Adam Honeywells, wishing Eriksen a good recovery.
The match kicks off at 1300 GMT (1400 local time).
(Production: Oliver Regan, Elena Gyldenkerne)
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